Premium cable network Showtime is home to some of my favourite shows at the moment, such as Penny Dreadful and Ray Donovan, and it looks like they might have another winner on their hands if this trailer for Billions is anything to go by. Developed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen) with Andrew Ross Sorkin (Too Big to Fail), it tackles the world of high finance, power and influence head-on.
The official synopsis is as follows:
Billions is a bold, contemporary drama that melds the worlds of ultra-wealth, influence and corruption as personified in two highly ambitious opposing figures: hard-charging, blue-blooded, politically-connected U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and brilliant, calculating, blue-collar billionaire hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Set amongst the Machiavellian machinations of New York City power politics and finance, Billions weaves a complex, intricate narrative featuring a high-stakes game of predator-versus-prey.
That looks… intense. And who knows, maybe in fiction – unlike real life – there will actually be consequences for reckless financial trading.
Billions is set to air in 2016, and features a stellar cast including not only the Emmy-winning pair of Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis, but also Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy), Malin Akerman (Watchmen), David Constabile (Damages) and Toby Leonard Moore (Daredevil).
Last Updated: July 9, 2015